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The IFAS Extension Office in Leon County is hosting its second series of workshops on the New Economy.  If you missed the first course, try to schedule time to attend when these topics are repeated, beginning in March.  

Can our economic system withstand the shocks of climate change, peak oil and financial disruptions?  Are there alternatives that can best sustain our planet? The purpose of the course is to explore some possible answers to these questions and to explore ways to work together to renew our community through economic transactions that mimic Earth's natural economy.  

The flipped classroom concept provides an opportunity for participants to read selected online readings and watch videos related to each of the week's topics.  This provides the time 'in class' for discussions and insights based on common knowledge.  

Topics that are covered are:

  • Money, Security and Wholeness of Life in the Era of Corporate Economic Globalization
  • Capitalism, Democracy and the New Economic Paradigm
  • Growth, Consumption, Work, Time and Plenitude
  • Money, Complementary Currencies, Local Stock Exchanges and the Green Economy 
  • Worker Cooperatives
  • Time and Skill Banking
  • Earth Rights, Land Trusts and Land tenure
  • Earth Responsibility, Earth Democracy, Degrowth and Open Market Sustainability 

The weekly classes begin March 12th running seven Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:45, with dinner provided via potluck from participants.  

The Leon County Extension office is located at 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee.  The course fee is $15.00 and requires registration at:
Contact the course facilitator, Will Sheftall if you have questions. E-mail: 


This class sounds so wonderful!! Thank you so much for offering it, I think a lot of people will be interested in coming.


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